Tesco had their Easter homeware reduced at our local store where I managed to buy packs of 8 disposable cups for 25p. I bought several packs knowing that we would find some activity for them.
One school I have taught at used cups for Speed Stacking in maths and PE. The idea behind Speed Stacking is that children are learning how to sequence, finding patterns and the best way to stack a pyramid. The activity helps build the skills of perseverance and concentration.
I was interested to see what Adam would do if I gave him a stack of disposable cups. Straight away Adam started to create another stack of cups. He moved each cup separately to another pile until they were all stacked.
Once that pile was complete he took the top cup off and placed it on the carpet. He then found great pleasure in knocking over the cups one at a time.
Once each cup had been knocked over he made a new pile of cups and then transferred them again from one pile to another and back again!
He did this several times and was completely engrossed in the activity.
Next Adam put the cups in between his legs.
He then placed individual cups in a circle around him like a clock face.
Adam kept coming back to the cups throughout the day. Each time he would transfer them from one pile to the next. I did attempt to show him a pyramid but he got cross with me for breaking his pattern of transferring the cups.
A great simple activity that is HG friendly too.
We shall certainly be getting out the cups again for more stacking cups fun.
Cups – plastic beakers would work better than disposable cups
Adam was 2 years old.
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